- Space Perspective is building a balloon that will shuttle tourists to the “edge of space.”
- Tickets for the luxury six-hour round trip journey start at $125,000.
- The Spaceship Neptune will bring tourists above 99% of Earth’s atmosphere.
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Space Perspective isn’t the only group working to shuttle humans above Earth: several companies are already looking to enter the emerging “space tourism” marketplace, including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
Source: Space Perspective
But don’t picture your typical NASA rocket ship.
Space Perspective sets itself apart from other companies with its balloon design, named Spaceship Neptune. And technically, the Spaceship Neptune will still stay inside the confines of our atmosphere (but more on that in a bit).
This balloon – which is as big as a football stadium – will then shuttle Spaceship Neptune passengers up 100,000 feet.
The balloon will accompany a pressurized and spacious cabin with reclining seats, creating a comfortable traveling experience for its passengers, according to the company.
Spaceship Neptune’s cabin will be built to accommodate up to eight passengers, not including the pilot, on a six-hour-long trip.
The journey starts at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center before sunrise so passengers can view the rising sun from above Earth, Nikki Ekstein reported for Bloomberg.
The journey will begin with a two-hour climb above 99% of the atmosphere.
Along this six-hour journey, passengers will have access to breakfast, drinks, a bathroom, livestream-capable WiFi, and anti-glare windows for photography, according to Bloomberg and Space Perspective.
From there, passengers will get two hours to take in the view – which includes a glimpse of Earth’s curvature – before beginning the two-hour descent back down to Earth’s water, where a ship will await to bring passengers back to shore, according to a diagram on Space Perspective’s website.
There will also be research equipment aboard the Spaceship Neptune.
Source: Space Perspective
Wannabe space tourists who want a break from Earth’s land can now reserve their chance to visit the edge of our planet in late 2024.
Space Perspective previously offered private presale tickets, but they all sold out, according to the Bloomberg report.
Plus, you’ll be working with experienced hands.
The co-founders and CEOs of Space Perspective, Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, have worked on many space-related projects. This includes serving as “human spaceflight” technical advisors to Elon Musk, according to a press release.
Looking for proof of concept? The company’s Neptune One, an unmanned test vehicle, successfully launched from the Space Coast Spaceport, next to NASA’s Space Center, on June 18.
The Neptune One also shuttled an art installation onboard, because why not.